Altes Lager

THE ABANDONED MILITARY SITE IN GERMANY


In 1870 the Prussian army bought this land in Niedergörsdorf to built barracks. This site was called ‘Lager 1’, but today the names ‘Altes Lager’ (old site) and ‘Neues Lager’ (new site) are more common for the two big military sites.

About 9.000 French prisoners of war from the Franco-Prussian War were used for forced labor to expand the shooting range. Like the close-by barracks ‘Jüterbog 2‘, the ‘Altes Lager’ belonged to the military estate district ‘Jüterbog shooting range’.

From 1916 until the end of the First World War there was a military airfield in Altes Lager. The airfield was rebuilt in 1935 and was used by the German Luftwaffe until the end of the Second World War. The air field was also used by military school for pilots and engineers.

1946

After the war, during the Cold War, the military places were taken by the Soviet army. In 1946 the town became an official village, situated in the middle of a huge military site of the Soviet army. During 1994 the buildings were abandoned when the Soviets left Germany after the end of the German division. In 1997 the community was incorporated into Niedergörsdorf. Some buildings were rebuilt for housing, but many kept unused until today. I visited ‘Altes Lager’ in 2008.

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